The University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection houses the archival records of the University starting in 1900. There are also over 500 collections of personal or family papers, business or organizational records, photograph collections, oral history and much more related to the Acadiana region.
The University Archives are especially strong in the records of the Office of the President. Other materials include records from the Student Government Association, the Registrar’s Office and the Department of Speech. There is a large collection of photographs starting in the 1900s, and football game films from 1968 to 2000.
Most of the manuscript collections relate to the Acadiana region of Louisiana, but several have a much broader scope. Among the subjects covered in these collections are agriculture, the oil industry, architecture, education, literature, local and regional history, politics and women’s history. The larger collections include the Rice Millers’ Association Records, the Louisiana Intracoastal Seaway Association Records, the Jefferson Caffery Papers, the Edwin M. Willis Papers, the David R. Williams Papers, the Ollie T. Osborne Papers, the Mary Alice Fontenot Papers, the [Freeland] Barnett Studio Photographic Collection, the Robert F. and Edwin S. Broussard Papers, and the Louisiana State Rice Milling Company Records/Godchaux Family Papers. Recently the Archives added 2400 reels of microfilmed Louisiana colonial records copied from repositories in Europe and North America. These records formerly were housed in the Center for Louisiana Studies.
Photographs of Southwestern Louisiana Institute from albums compiled by Presidents Edwin L. Stephens and Lethar E. Frazar between 1923 and 1940 are available online through the Louisiana Digital Library.